Landscape and Power in Early China: The Crisis and Fall of the Western Zhou, 1045-771 BC

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September 2006



This book addresses the relationship between geography and political power in the context of the crisis and fall of the Western Zhou. Exploring the latest archaeological discoveries, it shows how inscribed bronze vessels can be used to reveal changes in political space, and how archaeology, history and geography can work together to produce a coherent understanding of the Bronze Age past. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach and enhanced by full coverage of sources, the book reinterprets late Western Zhou history and questions the causes of its decline and fall.


Introduction; 1. Foundation of the Western Zhou state: constructing the political space; 2. Disorder and decline: the political crisis of the Western Zhou state; 3. Enemies at the gate: the war against the Xianyun and the north-western frontier; 4. The fall of the Western Zhou: partisan struggle and spatial collapse; 5. The eastward migration: reconfiguring the Western Zhou state; 6. The legacy of the Western Zhou; Conclusion; Appendices 1-3; Bibliography; Indexes.


Feng Li is Assistant Professor of Early Chinese Cultural History at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork on Bronze Age sites and is the author of numerous research articles on the Bronze Age.


'I found Landscape and Power in Early China to be one of the best scholarly works I have read in recent years ... this is a prime example of a study that is highly professional in addressing all the minute details of its subject matter but, on the other hand, illuminates the broad picture in a way that is accessible to a much larger audience. Li Feng should be commended for providing a coherent discussion that should become essential reading for all students of Chinese history. It will also be used, I hope, in comparative frameworks by scholars working on other periods and in other parts of the world.' The Journal of Asian Studies
EAN: 9780521852722
ISBN: 0521852722
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2006
Seitenanzahl: 405 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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